Nevada is well known for its casinos at Las Vegas and Reno, but there are plenty of other attractions for the visitor willing to wander off the beaten path. U.S. Highway 50, which runs through Nevada’s heartland, was once described as “the loneliest road in America,” but you might be pleasantly surprised how inaccurate this description is. Highway 50 enters the state at Lake Tahoe, one of the world’s prime skiing destinations, which features world-class hotels and casinos. Highway 50 traverses the state capital, Carson City, where museums, casinos and a wealth of shopping opportunities abound. Crossing through the agricultural center of Fallon, travelers along U.S. 50 can explore the prehistoric archaeological site at Hidden Cave or camp at Lahontan State Reservoir. After that, U.S. 50 passes through Austin, home to Stokes Castle, an evocative abandoned rock tower built in 1897. Next along the highway is the town of Eureka, a former silver mining center that offers attractions like the Sentinel Museum and the Eureka Opera House, built in 1880. Great Basin National Park awaits those who travel as far as Baker, and there you can explore Lehman Caves or ponder Bristlecone pine trees that are the oldest living things on earth. In 1969 the University of Nevada School of Medicine began its mission of training doctors destined to serve Nevada’s rural communities, and to this day it strives to meet the healthcare needs of Nevada’s growing population.